The Pat Mayo Hour
So what happened? Well, Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey released a story about Notre Dame linebacker, and Heisman runner up, Manti Te’o and his girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who died of leukemia on September 12, 2012, just six hours after Te’o’s grandmother has passed. This was not new information. There’s a twist, though. Apparently, Kekua isn’t a real person, but merely a collection of tweets, stolen photos and mistruths: Doesn’t actually exist. And the characters in the lie range from a Hawaiian high school football star turned religious musician to, possibly, higher ups at the Notre Dame.
It’s scandalous news, but ultimately, unlike most stories of this nature, there’s seemingly no end game. What was the point of this elaborate ruse? To create enough goodwill behind Te’o so he could get in the Heisman conversation and increase his draft stock? Maybe that worked, but Te’o was deserving finalist because of his great play anyway. That has to be the most likely motive, right?
Not if you talk to my friend, and Notre Dame Super Fan Tim Anderson, which I did. He claims, while not the most probable of scenarios, that Te’o may have been set up by spiteful anti-Irish fans, jealous of ND’s 2012 success, and tricked into loving “Lennay”.
So, did Te’o execute a PR move that makes “The Decision” look like Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech; or, were all those missed tackles in the BCS Championship game just Te’o attempting to hug his fictional, ghost girlfriend?
We enter that wormhole, and use our crystal ball on Lance Armstrong’s future in this emergency episode of the Pat Mayo Hour. (Subscribe on iTunes here)
(2:05) – Is Te’o in any legal trouble?
(4:48) – What actually happened?
(9:44) – How much did Notre Dame know?
(13:20) – Who was involved in the cover up?
(20:00) – Most bizarre sports story since when?
(23:09) – How long until Tim talks himself into this being a prank at Te’o’s expense?
(26:58) – Where will this story end up?
(29:28) – Will it affect the football problem?
(31:15) – RANT ALERT: It took Tim 31 minutes to start blaming Irish-haters
(39:27) –What to expect from the Lance Armstrong interview?
(45:07) – How much Notre Dame merchandise did Tim buy leading up to the BCS Championship game?